Indian community in UAE hails new civil law for non-Muslims

Indian community in UAE hails new civil law for non-Muslims

The decision, which is the first of its kind in the world, will enhance the Emirate’s position and global competitiveness

The Indian community in the United Arab Emirates on Monday hailed the landmark new civil law for non-Muslims in Abu Dhabi, the capital and the second-most populous city of the Gulf nation, which has been introduced by the emirate with an aim to maintain its competitive edge as a regional commercial hub and emerge as the most attractive destination for talent and skills.

In his capacity as the Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Sunday issued a law to regulate personal status matters for non-Muslims in Abu Dhabi to provide a flexible and advanced judicial mechanism for the determination of personal status disputes for non-Muslims.

The decision, which is the first of its kind in the world, will enhance the Emirate’s position and global competitiveness as one of the most attractive destinations for talent and skills, the official WAM news agency reported.

Reacting to the decision, Ipshita Sharma, International Publishing Sales Manager, termed it as “an incredible gesture for those of us who think of the UAE as home.”

“I have been here for 12 years now and it feels more and more like we’re being included in the narrative of the country despite our religion, nationality and beliefs, says Sharma, who is based in Dubai.

According to M Unnikrishnan, a communications professional, the new Abu Dhabi civil law on marriage, divorce, custody, and inheritance for non-Muslims is promising for its residents.

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“By introducing a new legal framework for non-Muslims, the UAE’s leadership has ensured a flexible and advanced judicial mechanism aligned with international practices, he says.

For Unnikrishnan, who is based in Abu Dhabi, the announcement of the reforms while the UAE is celebrating its Golden Jubilee celebrations, is yet another milestone in the history of the nation.

“Bilingual court procedures, the right to divorce, equal rights for partners on the custody of children, dedicated special courts for non-Muslim family matters, etc, are some of the features of the reform, guaranteeing transparency in upholding the rights, he said.

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